WindMaker – The History of Atala [Hardcover]

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Inspired by African mythology, Windmaker: The History of Atala (Hardcover) is one part art book, one part graphic novel that sets the foundation for the entire YouNeek YouNiverse of heroes! Pulling from the amazing depths of African history, Roye Okupe, writer of the hit graphic novel series E.X.O., creates a breathtaking kingdom called Atala. With this art book, he sets the foundations for what is definitely a deep and meaningful universe (The YouNeek YouNiverse) of heroes. Illustrator Godwin Akpan’s painting breathes life into the story in an amazing way. From dragons to mythical relics, a feuding royal family, and magical swords, this book turns the fantasy genre on its head by placing familiar concepts in an awe-inspiring African setting.

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The all-powerful Divine Ones. Our deities. Said to have migrated from what is now the Oyo Kingdom, the Divine Ones comprise of Atala, along with his two sons Oris and Useh. A family of dragon riders as they were called back then, The Divine Ones were the most powerful beings of their era. But like most all-powerful families of gods, this power would cause dissent amongst their ranks. And this dissent came in form of what we Atalians call: the rage of Useh.

You see, back then as it is now, it was very common for offspring to worship their fathers. Seeking attention and acceptance. Year after year both sons, Oris and Useh, made sacrifices to please their father, Atala. However, Useh, ever the eager one, took many shortcuts in his ways. This displeased Atala who began to favor the more forbearing and wise Oris. Years passed and Oris became the clear favorite of the two, further driving Useh towards rage, jealousy and bitterness. And then came the tipping point. For his continued excellence, Oris was granted Dragon’s Destiny, Atala’s most prized possession and perhaps the most powerful weapon ever created.

Following this event, Useh went mad with rage. So much so that he manifested it as raw energy with the help of dark magic. Next, Useh used this new power to craft his own blade. A blade he called Dragon’s Doom. Its power rivaled Dragon’s Destiny. But Useh did not stop there. With Dragon’s Doom, he set his sights on his own father. Atala was so weakened in his heart by his own son’s betrayal, that he refused to fight him. Useh killed Atala without hesitation. Without a shadow of doubt, I believe Atala allowed this to happen. I can only hope that one day we will know why.

After Atala’s death, the kingdom was thrust into a state of chaos. Brother fought against brother for decades in what the people called the Dragon Wars!


Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Roye Okupe is a creative specialist who holds both a Bachelor’s and Masters in computer science from The George Washington University. His passion for animation led him to found YouNeek Studios in 2012, an avenue that would allow him to pursue his dream of creating a diverse library of superheroes. Under that umbrella, Roye wrote, produced and directed several animated productions including, but not limited to, 2D/3D animated short films, TV commercials, show openers, music videos and much more. These productions have allowed Roye to attain many prestigious recognitions such as being #5 on Ventures Africa’s list of 40 African innovators to watch (2016) as well as being part of NewAfrican Magazines’ 100 most influential Africans two years in a row (2016 & 2017).

With the superhero genre currently at the height of popularity, Roye has made it a goal to create a connected universe of heroes, with origins from locations that are currently neglected and/or ignored. In August 2015, Roye released his debut graphic novel titled: E.X.O. The Legend of Wale Williams Part One, a superhero story set in a futuristic Nigeria. E.X.O. was received with critical acclaim and has since been featured on CNNForbesThe New York TimesNBCThe GuardianABC7BBCThe Huffington PostMashabe and more! Roye’s sophomore graphic novel: Malika – Warrior Queen was also received with critical acclaim, selling more than 40,000 copies of its chapter one special during Diamond Comic’s Free Comic Book Day (2017). Both books have gone on to win several awards including a Glyph Comic Award (2017) and a Heruica Character Creation Award (2017).

4 reviews for WindMaker – The History of Atala [Hardcover]

  1. Jermaine (verified owner)

    On the road to expanding on Roye Okupe’s YouNeek YouNiverse, “Windmaker – The History of Atala” is part art book and part lore book. It gives readers a look into the world’s past and its mythology, by way of a journal-like framing device, including the first mention of the hero known as the Windmaker, long before his future debut.

    All of this done ialongside beautiful, sweeping portraits of landscapes, dragons and powerful beings of yore. The book promises fantasy genre love in an African setting, and it successfully delivers in gorgeous spades.

    If I had to give a criticism for this book, it would be that I really wished it was longer than it was. That’s how captivated I was by the story it told and the way it told it.

    A must have book for anyone who loves art, especially African or fantasy-inspired, as well as to those who’ve become entranced in the Roye Okupe’s world of Atala. This book is the beginning that will seemingly tie the disparate strings that are E.X.O., Malika, and the Windmaker into one joined world. Such a beginning is not to be missed.

  2. Milton Duggins Jr. (verified owner)

    Once again, not disappointed. Great read.

  3. Natalie Eckman (verified owner)

    I really “THE HISTORY OF ATALA”. Not only was the art work breath taking, but the history of Atala was so amazing! The way the characters were presented, the lands, the weapons, and my personal favorite…the dragons were just so wonderful. And to see Black people and people of color being part of the fantasy and science fiction genre is always so inspirational. This book is a must have!

  4. Chance Arradondo (verified owner)

    Great story and I love how so much of the stories connect. I plan on buying all I can get my hands on.

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